a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Friday, February 7, 2014

Random 5 Friday

Random Five Friday at A Rural Journal with Nancy was just the inspiration I needed today.  I may have to call my Ramble Five!
1.  Winter still hangs on in all it's glory.  This is supposed to be part of the south but someone didn't get that message.  We had just five inches of snow this time but add sleet, rain, freezing temps and you are walking on a ice rink.

2.  I'll not tell how I can no longer break through the ice with my boots.  I will not tell that when I come to an incline I sit and slide so I won't fall.  I won't tell how cold my backside is after that slide.

3.  Schools have been closed this time for a week and more weather is coming in soon.

4.  Farmers are loosing calves to the extreme colds.  We lost our last born.  Some farmers have lost five or more.

5.  Watching the dogs slide on ice is a little funny.  I laugh but the dogs don't.

19 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

really sorry for the livestock loss. that is tough...

Sandra said...

so sorry that sweet little one died. he was so cute... hope the other one is ok...
also hope you get a thaw soon and some sun and balmy breezes... i am trying not to think what all this crazy weather is doing to our food supply and the drought

Buttons said...

Oh Gail I am so sorry about your calf and others going through this right now. Take care Hug B

Susan Kane said...

Winter is desperately hard on livestock. We had pigs in the farrowing house, and my brothers worked around the clock keeping the heat working.

Sandy said...

Gail,

I'm sorry to hear about losing the cute little baby calf. This weather is just so hard on animals and people. Stay warm, don't do too much backside sliding!!!

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

Dang! Ya'll are really getting the snow...if we were just a couple of hours further north we would be in that same path you are in. I think Mother Nature has been a little tipsy lately. So sorry about the loss of your calf and all the others who are losing stock.

Sketching with Dogs said...

That is so sad about the calves, poor little things. I hope your weather warms up soon.
Lynne x

Mary Ann said...

Same here, but 12 inches of snow.
Be careful out there!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sorry about the baby cows.
Need to get those dogs on video.

Dreaming said...

Awww, I am so sorry about your losing a calf. I often wondered about that, when I see such young ones out in snow, windy weather.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Maybe I wouldn't do all that well any more on a farm! Losing a baby calf would make me so upset! Can't you bring Mom and baby into the living room? I know, I know..stupid..but you can't help thinking there has to be a way to keep animals from suffering in such cold. Just so darned sad, Gail!

Yeah, I remember being afraid of falling and sitting down and how cold it was. I've become a terrible, spoiled sissy of a woman. Heating towels at night when it's only in the 40's outside.
Terrible! I'm ashamed!!!

A Quiet Corner said...

Don't worry about the sit and slide approach...Smart women use it!!! I hate to see the dogs slide, especially now that they are "older" and I am so sorry to hear about the calves...:)JP

Irene said...

I don't suppose you could have taken the mother cow and the calf into the barn? Is she too wild for that? It seems like a tragic loss, but then again, I'm not used to life on an American farm.

Lynne said...

Makes me sad to think you have lost some live stock.
Be careful out there . . . no broken bones needed!

Country Gal said...

Sorry for the loss of your live stock . The weather has been bad all over what with flooding, fires , snow , ice I think mother nature is trying to tell us something . Thanks for sharing and be careful out there !

Cherie Campbell said...

WOW..so sorry about the livestock and so sad. Our winter is a little too much. I haven't been blogging for a while--so I want to ask what is "Random Five Friday" ? I really feel Kinda silly asking but whats a girl to do???
Cherie

Saucy Kodz said...

We have had some extreme weather changes - one day it is almost 68D and the overnight and all through the next day it is -20, only to start raining and go the extreme again.....yet, environmental & gov't seem to think that is normal??? Your winter that is like our winter and continues to do so is truly unusual for both our climates.
1. Winter is iffy cause one day it is here and the next it isn't.
2. I also cannot break through the ice because its thawing today, but might be frozen solid again tomorrow?? As far as the slippin n sliddin' goes, we wear ice cleats on our boots - great in winter. Below is just one place to buy, not expensive and they last for a while - there are many different styles n prices, if you check them out on internet. If you just type "ice cleats for winter boots" in google, lots of site will come up - perhaps you have already seen these, perhaps not....for I know how cold your backside can get when you slide down the incline :)
http://cozywinters.com/ice-cleats/ice-cleats.html
3.Kids are getting more time off this year than last because of the iffy weather.....and also the teachers went on strike!
4. We are not on a farm, but I lived on my Aunt's farm every summer up the road a bit - there were loses, but our barns were built to have some heat in them in winter - I'm sorry about your calf, but there will be more, right.
5 You are right - watching the dogs slide on ice is more than a little funny. I laugh too, but Jack gives me that look with her ears straight up in the air - like "it'll be your turn soon". ha,ha
Give Den my best - hope he is feeling better - Hugz to Marcy and the kids. I have told my guitar playing brother about Andrews project and he said only one thing as he is a carver of wood - "Do it slow, love the wood and create that finished product with pride" -Take care Gail :)
p.s. sorry my comment is so long but we are on a "5" roll here, eh.

Mama Zen said...

I remember calving time in this kind of weather. It's rough. Hope you don't lose any more.

McGuffy Ann said...

I hope things settle down for everyone. It has been a cruel, cold, harsh winter. A nice, long spring would be a blessing.

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